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Charles Howell: Takeaway
December 31, 2009, 5:04 pm
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Charles came in to work with our motion analysis system and this is excerpt from a mini-series I’m doing on the swing and how it relates to you.  What we can learn from his takeaway is something that will debunk a myth that many amateurs abide by.  It is not true that you should keep your hips as still as possible in your backswing.  On average tour players are at about 50 degrees of hip turn at the top, far from being totally restricted.

Ideally, I want my students to get all the turn they can in the takeaway before stopping to have the shoulders finish the backswing.  Take a look at Charles.  He already has 30 deg. of turn, a third of his max hip turn, this early in the swing.  So there’s a nice mix when allowing the hips to turn a bit.  Make more of a body oriented takeaway, where you let the hips go, and then they stop to allow the upperbody to continue to coil.

If you have any questions about the motion numbers above or about his swing in general, please feel free to comment.  I will be updating this site with more tour and amateur swings for us to break down and critique.


Charles Howell Golf Swing: Get more power
December 30, 2009, 2:25 am
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Charles Howell:  Top Position

Sometimes our golf facility will play host to major touring professionals, like Charles, who want to use our patented motion analysis system to check and maintain certain positions in the swing.  Here I am showing you the motion sensors for his top position for Mr. Howells swing.  The key to a good swing plane as well as more distance is a full shoulder turn (somewhere between 80-90).  Here you can see Charles reaching 99 degrees of turn but maintains good separation with the hips (x-factor).

Most amateurs can reach 99 degrees of turn at the top with the shoulders but their hips will be at 70.   This gives them an x-factor of only 25 where charles has 50!  This is where flexibility can come into play.  If you have any questions about the picture above please post away, as these are meant to be interactive.   I will post new swings all the time, mixing it up between elite players and my average student.

Best Golf Lesson in Los Angeles
November 3, 2008, 7:20 am
Filed under: Philosophy on Golf

Casey Wire PGA will work with you to make a realistic timeline for improvement.   After establishing tangible expectations, you will improve in these areas; scoring, swing mechanics, playing, putting, and shortgame.  As a beginner, one can learn to break 100 in only several months.  For the more seasoned player, expect to make better contact immediately improving your consistency and distance.  You do not have to get worse before you get better.